Magura is a German hydraulics company that’s been in business for over 120 years. Its passion for technical innovation is its strength and shows through in its products. The MT7 is Magura’s strongest brake designed for the rigors of aggressive trail riding, downhill and enduro racing. The four-piston caliper was designed after the brakes that slow down motorcycles, something Magura knows plenty about. Magura components have been used as original equipment on BMW motorcycles for over 90 years. When we had the chance to use a pair of brakes with that kind of pedigree, we couldn’t resist.
Field Test Results: The Magura brakes we’ve tested in the past have been renowned for their excellent modulation, impressive weight savings, and dialed ergonomics. The MT7 delivers these traits in spades, much like its lightweight companion the MT8, which is designed as an ultra-lightweight cross-country brake. Where the MT8 truly shines, though, is in its sheer power and quiet braking performance; something that other Magura models have struggled with in the past. The brakes delivered plenty of power for the trail bikes we tested them on, inspiring confidence that they would be just as at home on an enduro or gravity bike. In fact, with this much stopping power, the most aggressive riders will reap the most benefit from the MT7s. For lighter-duty stoppers, cross-country and lightweight trail riders should look to the MT8 brakes, which feature the same Carbotecture master cylinder structure with a much lighter two-, rather than four-, piston caliper.
Possibly the most impressive trait of the MT7 brakes, especially given the size of the caliper and pad setup, was the ease of setup. Whereas Magura’s big-power brakes of the past constantly rubbed, these brakes bolted up and adjusted perfectly on the first attempt—thanks to the quality machining and large “window” on the top of the caliper, which made alignment a snap.
The MT7 proves that Magura’s 120 years of hydraulic design experience can build a great mountain bike brake. The MT7 is a seriously powerful stopper with nice features built in, all at a competitive weight. While some riders may not like the lever feel at first, after a few short miles, the MT7 brakes proved their mettle to the Mountain Bike Action wrecking crew.
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